Excerpt: 'Love Your Life,' From Editors at O Magazine

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The book "Love Your Life" brings together the sage words of various writers who've appeared inside the pages of talk-show host Oprah Winfrey's O magazine.

The contributors offer advice for how to make the best of your life, in good times and bad.

Read an excerpt from "Love Your Life" below and then head to the "GMA" Library to find more good reads.

Here We Go

HOW CAN I STRETCH MYSELF to my greatest potential? That's a question I ask myself every day. With each step on my career path, with every city I've lived in, I've known it's time to move on when I've grown as much as I can grow. Taking leaps, forging ahead, pushing yourself toward your very best: It's the only sure way to stay vibrant. It's how you become the person you were meant to be.

When the O team pulled together this year's brightest of the bunch – the stories that most thrilled and inspired us – we just had one thought in mind: You. I want exactly the same thing for your life that I've always wanted for my own: a journey filled with purpose.

In these pages, you'll find plenty of practical advice – from Dr. Oz's insights on getting in shape for all this dream chasing ("9 Numbers That Count," page 36) to Amy Bloom's big lesson in chutzpah ("But What If I'm Scared to Change?" page 113). And because living your best life includes nurturing your closest connections, we've assembled lots of good stuff on dating, mating, and relating – as in Dr. Helen Fisher's "How to Make the Romance Last" (page 162), Gretchen Reynold's "Honey, I Shrunk the Argument" (page 182), and Darby Saxbe's "Between a Talk and a Hard Place" (page 174). We've even included my favorite conversations with some of the most fascinating women I know, from master of comedy Tina Fey to the dazzling Michelle Obama.

This book is meant to help you let your own life shine. And when your dreams grow dim (at some point, they always do) and you're low on gusto (I've been there, too), I hope you'll use this compendium as a guidebook to get back on track. Loving your life begins with how you perceive the possibilities – and as long as you never put a lid on your options, I can tell you that they are vast. You, me, and every other person on the planet are taking this trip together – one step, misstep, and comeback at a time.

OPRAH

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